result
Final (N), Hambantota, Dec 16 2020, Lanka Premier League
(20 ov, target 189)135/9
Stallions won by 53 runs
Player Of The Match
46 (35) & 2/13
shoaib-malik
Player Of The Series
127 runs • 17 wkts
wanindu-hasaranga-de-silva
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Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera fire Stallions to inaugural LPL title

The captain blasted 39 off 14 balls while Malik turned in an all-round show in a comprehensive win against Galle Gladiators

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Scorecard summary
Jaffna Stallions188/6(20 overs)
Galle Gladiators135/9(20 overs)
end of over 201 run
GG: 135/9CRR: 6.75 
Lakshan Sandakan9 (24)
Nuwan Thushara0 (0)
Shoaib Malik 3-0-13-2
Chaturanga de Silva 1-0-1-0

That's it from us for LPL 2020. Thanks to Andrew Fernando and Madushka Balasuriya for all their work during the tournament, as well as our fantasy guru Rahul Maniraja. I'm Peter Della Penna, thanks for following along. Now onto the India v Australia Tests and the Big Bash League!

Winning captain Thisara Perera: "As a captain, I'm really really happy. My boys did really well. If we put a good score on the board, always we can maintain the pressure. That's why we won the toss and elected to bat first. We are gelling as a family. We always experiment the last few matches so [losing] was not a worry. After that, we got our full strength in the semi-finals and today also."

Losing captain Bhanuka Rajapaksa: "It's sad to lose the final but credit goes to the Stallions for the way they performed throughout the season. We had a bad day and Stallions played brilliant cricket to win the trophy. We needed to concede about 20-25 less runs in the field. It was a big task to score 190 against a team like the Stallions."

Wanindu Hasaranga is the Man of the Tournament: "I learned quite a lot by playing along with the senior players and made sure to do the right things by listening to them."

Man of the Match Shoaib Malik: "I really enjoyed the tournament. I wanted to do well in the previous games as well. Sometimes you come out successful and sometimes you don't."

Here's Dhananjaya de Silva of Jaffna Stallions: "Pressure batting second in the final, we were happy. Malik is an experienced player. He just told me what I can do. I haven't gotten a chance to bat up in the order in the past matches but today was an opportunity for me to perform."

Johnson Charles: "It always feels so grateful when you win a championship. I'm just glad we made it over the line. It's a very great feeling. With our bowlers and the skill they have we were definitely pleased with the score we had."

10:30 pm The team that stormed their way to the early lead in the LPL table finishes in the strongest terms possible. A mostly one-sided final. Stallions are deserved champs. Thisara Perera famously said after one win in the group stage that his captaincy was "perfect". This was about as close to the perfect final as his side could get. Won the toss, posted a huge total and then deflated the Gladiators with a bundle of wickets in the Powerplay during the chase.

19.6
1
Malik to Sandakan, 1 run

good length ball on the stumps, flicked to deep midwicket for one. Sandakan successfully preserves a not out for himself while his side goes down by 53 runs. Jaffna Stallions romp to the LPL title!

19.5
Malik to Sandakan, no run

good length ball on fifth stump, punched back to Shoaib.

19.4
Malik to Sandakan, no run

good length ball punched to extra cover.

19.3
Malik to Sandakan, no run

good length ball on off, defended back to Shoaib.

19.2
Malik to Sandakan, no run

good length ball on fourth stump, defended back to Shoaib again.

19.1
Malik to Sandakan, no run

good length ball on fourth stump, punched back to the bowler.

Shoaib to bowl the final over.

end of over 191 run
GG: 134/9CRR: 7.05 RRR: 55.00
Lakshan Sandakan8 (18)
Nuwan Thushara0 (0)
Chaturanga de Silva 1-0-1-0
Shoaib Malik 2-0-12-2
18.6
1
de Silva to Sandakan, 1 run

full and wide, driven to the sweeper.

18.5
de Silva to Sandakan, no run

good length ball on the stumps, mistimes a punch.

18.4
de Silva to Sandakan, no run

good length ball on the stumps, punched to the ring.

18.3
de Silva to Sandakan, no run

charges the bowler and heaves this flat toward long-on. They turn down the run.

18.2
de Silva to Sandakan, no run

good length ball, defended.

18.1
de Silva to Sandakan, no run

good length ball on off, flicked to midwicket.

Chaturanga comes on for an over in the final. Hasaranga's brother.

end of over 185 runs • 1 wicket
GG: 133/9CRR: 7.38 RRR: 28.00
Lakshan Sandakan7 (12)
Nuwan Thushara0 (0)
Shoaib Malik 2-0-12-2
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-18-1
17.6
1
Malik to Sandakan, 1 run

flights this exaggeratedly outside off on fifth stump, flicked through midwicket for one.

17.5
2
Malik to Sandakan, 2 runs

good length ball on the pads, flicked down leg past the keeper for a pair.

17.4
Malik to Sandakan, no run

good length ball, defended.

The fat lady has gone through all her vocal cord exercises.

17.3
W
Malik to Arachchige, OUT

flights this more and drags it wider on sixth stump, the batsman tries to heave this over midwicket but skies this high toward long-on. Hangs up in the air toward Hasaranga who takes this above his head a yard in from the rope.

Sahan Arachchige c PWH de Silva b Shoaib Malik 17 (18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 94.44
17.2
Malik to Arachchige, no run

darts this in flat on the pads, goes to slog sweep this and the bat flies out of the hand towards square leg while the ball caroms off the pads toward point. The bat went twice as far as the ball.

17.2
2nb
Malik to Sandakan, (no ball) 1 run

short and wide, slaps to the point sweeper. Loud shout of no ball as Malik oversteps by two inches to open up a free hit next ball.

17.1
Malik to Sandakan, no run

good length ball on off, goes to flick to the leg side but misses.

end of over 174 runs
GG: 128/8CRR: 7.52 RRR: 20.33
Lakshan Sandakan3 (7)
Sahan Arachchige17 (16)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-18-1
Duanne Olivier 2-0-25-1
16.6
1
Hasaranga de Silva to Sandakan, 1 run

flighted full on the stumps, based to midwicket in the ring, slight misfield allows the run.

Best performances - batters
Shoaib Malik portrait
Shoaib Malik JS
46 runs (35)
3 fours
1 six
Control89%
Productive shot
slog shot
10 runs
1 four
1 six
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Bhanuka Rajapaksa, player portrait
PBB Rajapaksa GG
40 runs (17)
3 fours
4 sixes
Control65%
Productive shot
slog shot
12 runs
0 four
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Dhananjaya Lakshan, player portrait
D Lakshan GG
O
4
M
0
R
36
W
3
ECO
9
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Shoaib Malik portrait
Shoaib Malik JS
O
3
M
0
R
13
W
2
ECO
4.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
TossJaffna Stallions, elected to bat first
SeriesLanka Premier League
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik
Player Of The Series
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva
Series resultJaffna Stallions won the 2020/21 Lanka Premier League
Match days16 December 2020 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Kumar Dharmasena
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Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
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Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
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Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
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